Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania

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Pine Grove Furnace State Park is a protected Pennsylvania area that includes Laurel and Fuller Lakes in Cooke Township of Cumberland County. The Park accommodates various outdoor recreation activities, protects the remains of the Pine Grove Iron Works (1764), and was the site of Laurel Forge (1830), Pine Grove Park (1880s), and a brick plant (1892). The Park is from exit 37 of Interstate 81 on Pennsylvania Route 233.Pine Grove Furnace State Park was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and its Bureau of State Parks as one of "25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks".HistoryThe state park's historic place on the national register is the Pine Grove Iron Works of about 176acre with structures associated with the 1764 Pine Grove Furnace, which ended production in 1895. The 1870 South Mountain RR and the subsequent 1891 Hunter's Run and Slate Belt Railroad provided the railway lines to the industrial areas of the state park.
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  • Loved this state park and will definitely be going back. Beautiful wooded spots, great for swimming, hiking and Kayaking. Several other state parks in the area with great hikes. Pole Steeple Trail is ...  more »
  • fairly close to home yet seems like miles and miles.....clean, quiet, peaceful....great for weekend get aways..  more »
  • Fall Weekend Getaway We spent the weekend of September 15 & 16, 2017 at Pine Grove Furnace State Park Campground. It was a fall weekend getaway in our Motorhome with our 3 cocker spaniels. Excellent c...  more »
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  • Beautiful views galore! A good place for the entire family. Nature trails, babbling creek, a small playground, picnic tables and an old furnace for a history lesson.
  • One of my favorite State Parks in Pennsylvania. Plenty of parking near the furnace. Hiking trails, cycling trails, camping, swimming, picnicking pavilions, and museums (Appalachian Trail Museum) are all located within the park. There are plenty of pavilions. The rest room facilities are new and very clean.
  • Great place to either Hike, Swim, Kayak or settle on the beach. Hike here quite often & it's part of the Appalachian trail. If you're lucky you'll see momma bear & her cubs
  • A lot to offer here. Hiking, biking, camping, swimming and the list goes on. Some facilities have been upgraded over the years. The play are for the children is new and very nice. The swim area is also very nice.
  • A good morning hike up to Pole Steeple Vista from the park office is around 7-8 miles but worth the effort because of the view at the top of Laurel Lake. Friendly Park guides can suggest a shorter hike also. Many elementary School children were able to make the climb & loved the view.

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